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Shinrin Yoku Association is dedicated to cultivating and endorsing Shinrin Yoku instruction that upholds exceptional quality, prioritizes safety, embraces accessibility, and advocates for fairness and inclusivity.

The Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) is a leading organization dedicated to promoting the practice of Shinrin Yoku, also known as forest bathing or nature therapy. Our mission is to inspire individuals to connect with nature, cultivate well-being, and foster a deeper understanding of our relationship with the natural world. As a professional association, we strive to uphold the highest standards of excellence and ethics in the field of Shinrin Yoku. We provide comprehensive training programs, resources, and support for schools, universities, independents business , Shinrin Yoku Guides and Instructors, enabling them to guide nature experiences and share the healing benefits of forest immersion with others. 

At SYA, we are committed to advancing research, collaborating with experts, and advocating for the integration of Shinrin Yoku practices in various settings, including education, healthcare, and community well-being. Together, we aim to create a more sustainable and harmonious future by nurturing our connection with nature and promoting the well-being of individuals and the planet.

The Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) is a global organization dedicated to the practice, promotion, and education of Shinrin Yoku. The association acts as a hub for individuals and groups interested in Shinrin Yoku, including guides, practitioners, researchers, and enthusiasts.

Education & Training

SYA provides a comprehensive training program for those who wish to become certified Shinrin Yoku guides. The training focuses on the principles, techniques, and science of Shinrin Yoku, with an emphasis on hands-on practice and professional development.

Accreditation and Standards

SYA is responsible for setting and maintaining the standards of practice for Shinrin Yoku guides. It offers certification for individuals who have successfully completed the training program and met the association's standards of competence and professionalism

Research and Advocacy

SYA supports and promotes research into the benefits and effectiveness of Shinrin Yoku. It advocates for the recognition and integration of Shinrin Yoku into healthcare and wellness programs, environmental education, and public policy.

Community Building

SYA facilitates networking and collaboration among Shinrin Yoku practitioners worldwide. It fosters a sense of community through its membership program, online platform, and social media channels.


SYA hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including workshops, retreats, conferences, and webinars. These events offer unique opportunities for learning, skill development, and networking in the field of Shinrin Yoku.

Our Standards

The Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) is a leading institution dedicated to establishing and maintaining an Ethical Standards Framework for education, facilitating the development of proficient Shinrin Yoku Guides and Instructors.

Shinrin Yoku Association is not only committed to promoting the practice of Shinrin Yoku but also serves as a provider of educational trainings for schools and universities.

The SYA’s mission revolves around fostering an understanding and appreciation of the practice of Shinrin Yoku,  a practice to immerse themselves in nature to boost health and well-being.

The Ethical Standards Framework is a comprehensive guide that serves as a foundation for education and training programs. It outlines a set of principles and guidelines that ensure the integrity and professionalism of all individuals involved in teaching and practicing Shinrin Yoku.

Accredit Your Training with SYA and Open Your Own School

Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) takes pride in its accreditation process for Shinrin Yoku Guides and Instructors, which offers individuals the opportunity to establish their own Shinrin Yoku schools. The accreditation serves as a mark of distinction and recognition, validating the superior understanding, expertise, and commitment of professionals in the principles and practices of Shinrin Yoku.

To open a Shinrin Yoku school, aspiring individuals must first complete the Shinrin Yoku Guide training provided by SYA. This comprehensive training equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to lead meaningful and immersive Shinrin Yoku experiences. It covers various aspects such as session design, facilitation techniques, and the latest research findings in the field. By successfully completing this training, individuals become Accredited Shinrin Yoku Guides, demonstrating their proficiency in guiding others through the practice.

Provider of trainings for Schools and Universities

Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) is a leading provider of trainings for schools and universities, dedicated to empowering educators with the knowledge and tools to integrate the practice of Shinrin Yoku into educational settings. Our trainings are carefully designed to support teachers, professors, and educators in creating engaging and transformative learning experiences for students, while fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Through our trainings, educators learn practical strategies and techniques for incorporating nature-based activities, mindfulness practices, and sensory experiences into their curriculum. We emphasize the importance of creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment that promotes students’ connection with the natural world. From designing nature-focused lessons and outdoor excursions to integrating mindfulness exercises and sensory awareness practices, our trainings offer a wide range of approaches that can be tailored to different educational contexts and subjects.

Provider of Shinrin Yoku Guide Trainings for Independent Businesses

An Accredited Shinrin Yoku Guide is a professional who has undergone rigorous training and certification through the Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA). These guides are recognized for their competence and expertise in facilitating Shinrin Yoku, or “forest bathing,” experiences. To become an accredited guide, candidates typically need to complete a comprehensive training program provided by the SYA. This program likely covers:

  1. Theoretical Knowledge: This includes the history and philosophy of Shinrin Yoku, understanding of its health benefits, and familiarity with related scientific research.
  2. Practical Skills: Guides need to be adept at leading Shinrin Yoku sessions, which involves teaching participants how to immerse themselves in nature and guiding them through mindfulness and sensory awareness exercises.
  3. Safety: Given that Shinrin Yoku involves spending time outdoors, guides also need to be trained in safety protocols and possibly wilderness first aid.
  4. Ethics: Adherence to the Ethical Standards Framework established by the SYA would also be a crucial part of the training.

Milena A. Guziak (MChem, PhDEng, MScPsy) Founder of Shinrin Yoku Association

As the founder of SYA, the owner and creative director of The Mindful Tourist and Chairperson of the Board, Milena brings a wealth of experience in the field of Shinrin Yoku and a deep passion for promoting nature-based practices.

David Sheffield (Health Psychologist, Professor at Derby University)

David is a dedicated researcher whose work focuses on comprehending the effects of stress on health, well-being, and performance.

Gunvor Marie Dyrdal (Clinical Psychologist, Business Owner)

Gunvor brings expertise in mindfulness, positive psychology and wellness practices, with a focus on incorporating Shinrin Yoku into holistic approaches to well-being.

Helga Synnevåg Løvoll (PhDPsy, Professor at Volda University College)

Helga, brings a unique perspective and expertise to the board. Inspired by theories of quality of life and eudaimonic well-being, Helga is deeply concerned with the transformative power of nature experiences.

Penelope Norton (Clinical and Child Psychology, Chief Editor of Shinrin Yoku Journal)

Her dedication to promoting the well-being of individuals, especially through the lens of psychological development, enhances the association's mission of fostering a deeper connection with nature for individuals of all ages.

Benten Martens (SYA Instructor)

Benten is a Forest Mind Instructor (2021), TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide (2023). With a diverse background in animation film, herbalism, and pharmacy, Benten brings a unique blend of skills and knowledge to their practice.

Provider of Shinrin Yoku Instructor Trainings for Independent Businesses

An Accredited Shinrin Yoku Instructor is a professional who has not only been trained and certified as a Shinrin Yoku Guide, but has also undergone further advanced training to become an instructor. Accredited Instructors are recognized by the SYA for their superior understanding and expertise in the principles and practices of Shinrin Yoku, as well as their ability to teach and mentor future guides.

To become an accredited Shinrin Yoku Instructor, candidates would likely need to:

  1. Have Extensive Experience: Candidates must first become Accredited Shinrin Yoku Guides and gain substantial experience in leading Shinrin Yoku experiences. This ensures that they have a solid practical foundation and a deep understanding of the practice.

  2. Undergo Advanced Training: Candidates must then complete an advanced training program provided by the SYA. This program would go beyond the guide training to cover topics such as instructional techniques, curriculum design, mentorship, and advanced Shinrin Yoku practices.

  3. Demonstrate Teaching Competence: Candidates would likely need to demonstrate their teaching abilities through a practical assessment. This might involve planning and delivering a mock Shinrin Yoku Guide training session.

  4. Adhere to Ethical Standards: Just like Accredited Shinrin Yoku Guides, instructors are also expected to adhere to the SYA’s Ethical Standards Framework.

Code of Conduct & Guidelines

The Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Guides and Instructors stresses:

  1. Respect for Nature: Advocacy for nature preservation and sustainable practices.
  2. Professional Conduct: Upholding integrity, honesty, and confidentiality.
  3. Inclusivity and Accessibility: Creating welcoming sessions for all individuals.
  4. Safety and Responsibility: Ensuring participant safety and readiness for emergencies.
  5. Continuous Learning: Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  6. Collaboration and Respect: Constructive interaction within the SYA community.
  7. Quality of Service: Delivering high-quality Shinrin Yoku experiences.
  8. Ethics of Care: Prioritizing participant and environmental well-being.

This forms the basis for ethical and professional behavior among SYA practitioners.

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